Multimedia and reflections by undergrads needed IMMEDIATELY

full name / name of organization: 
Queen City Writers journal of undergraduate writing
contact email: 
lisa.beckelhimer@uc.edu

Queen City Writers journal of undergraduate composing seeks immediate submissions for its spring issue themed around civil rights and race. By the original December deadline, the journal had received numerous submissions of research-based essays, but few submissions for the Multimedia and Snapshots sections.

For Multimedia, we seek video, audio, or mixed media pieces, 15 minutes or less (if appropriate to medium), accompanied by an artist’s statement that explains purpose, motivation, reasons for using a particular medium, intended effect, timeliness of project, and goals for use by viewers/readers.

For Snapshots, we seek a quick snapshot of the student as a writer or interview snapshot of an undergraduate writer, 500-700 words. We are interested in collecting stories about writers in order to highlight the variety of struggles, joys, and practices that come with the territory.

Submissions to both sections need to relate to the theme of civil rights and race. Possible questions related to the theme to consider include, but are not limited to:
● How are prominent historical figures represented rhetorically in current and popular culture (i.e., Abraham Lincoln in the recent film Lincoln)?
● In what ways are the ideas in Martin Luther King’s texts and speeches still relevant in contemporary conversations and struggles regarding civil rights?
● How has protest rhetoric, and the circumstances that called for it, evolved since the 1960s?
● How have civil rights expanded to include other racial and ethnic identities and causes, and in what ways are these expansions indebted to the Civil Rights Movement and other efforts to carve out new definitions of “civil rights”?
● Do you have a personal experience related to your own literacy and civil rights or race relations?
● What complexities exist in the relationships between voting, rights, and citizenship, particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Voting Rights Act?
● What role do social media, and visual and multimedia texts play in conversations about civil rights?

Many submissions for this issue are already under review; therefore, we seek submissions immediately. Please share with your students from last semester and this term.

cfp categories: 
african-american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
journals_and_collections_of_essays
popular_culture
rhetoric_and_composition